Program Overview

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Welcome to the Chicago Field Studies academic internship program at Northwestern University. 

For over 40 years, Chicago Field Studies (CFS) has helped students explore the broader community of the Chicago area, linking academic study and practical experience by combining a class and internship experience to bring academic context to the professional world, expand learning beyond the classroom and enable students to pursue both academic and career aspirations. Each quarter students are selected from a competitive applicant pool to take part in our program. Now the largest academic internship program on campus, CFS serves over 350 students a year from all schools and majors.

Through the diverse curriculum, students

  • Connect readings and discussions to internship work, organizational culture and current issues
  • Develop advanced skills in analysis, research, problem-solving, and writing
  • Reflect on internship experiences with classmates
  • Learn to think critically about the civic and professional world

While simultaneously

  • exploring a field in which they may be interested in pursuing a career
  • expanding their professional skills and networks

Learn more about:

Get started with a CFS overview and information for each quarter

What to expect when you participate in the CFS program

Important program dates including internship dates and

Costs of doing CFS  and how financial aid applies to your CFS quarter

Summer with CFS and how it differs from other quarters

Who does CFS and what they gain

Answers to frequently asked questions about our program

Program News

Information for first year students

Where we are located and how to contact us